Only three GMs (Kevin Towers, Brian Sabean and Billy Beane) have been on the job longer than Brian Cashman. He knows what to expect at this time of the year and the GM Meetings unfolded as he thought they would.
The Yankees can make most any trade they want – as long as they give up Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy.
“People gravitate to quality names and I understand why. Sometimes it takes time to work something out. Sometimes it takes more time for us to be willing to do certain things,” Cashman said. “Itâ€™s kind of a predictable feel. I got down here and I was here four days, I you ask me what I thought going into it and what I thought coming out, I thought it was pretty predictable.
“I knew what people would be asking for and I certainly understand that process. I understand why people would ask. I would ask.”
Much like during the July trade deadline, Cashman will be patient and wait for teams to lower their expectations. If the Dodgers unload their top prospects for Miguel Cabrera, so be it. The Yankees didn’t develop all this good young pitchers to trade it.
The question now is whether the Yankees would trade somebody like Jose Tabata, Austin Jackson or Alan Horne to get what they need. It’s uncertain how much value they have.
I’ve heard from several people that Oakland is willing to take a step back to move forward and will be willing to trade many of their veterans – including their pitchers. The Yankees could get involved in that situation.
I’d be wary of Eric Chavez, however. He has three years left on his deal and has become injury prone.
â€œIâ€™m not going to tell you right now who Iâ€™m going to wind up with,” Cashman said about third base. “But Iâ€™m hopeful at some point that I can bring some clarity to that and do something that makes a lot of sense. But thatâ€™s going to take a lot of time to materialize.”
As for me, I have a plane to catch. Joe Torre’s charity dinner is tomorrow night in Manhattan and I’ll be there to speak to Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. Bruce Springsteen is playing as well, so I’ll be trying to sneak in somehow.